Michael Rut­ter

Age 45 TT wins 4 Fastest lap 131.118mph Con­tin­ued over

Motorcycle News (UK) - - TT 2017 PREVIEW -

Michael Rut­ter will ar­rive at the TT fresh from a brilliant week at the NW200. Along­side claim­ing his 14th vic­tory at the North­ern Ir­ish event, the 45-year-old put his Bathams/smt BMW on pole for the Su­per­bike races.

It was Rut­ter’s fastest ever lap of the 8.9- mile Tri­an­gle cir­cuit and au­gurs well for his TT per­for­mances.

“The su­per­bike is fly­ing and we have made some changes to make it more like the stocker which is eas­ier to ride,” he ex­plained.

Cur­rently fifth in the Bri­tish Su­per­stock cham­pi­onship, Rut­ter must be a good bet to im­prove on his fourth place fin­ish in last year’s Su­per­stock race and claim his first TT podium since his third place in the 2105 Light­weight race. The 45-year-old will be amongst the favourites for the Light­weight TT even though he is rid­ing a Pa­ton rather than Ryan Far­quhar’s KMR Kawasaki that he won on at Portrush.

Rut­ter was on fly­ing form at this year’s NW200

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